The Lisbon Youth Centre (CJL), located on the Portuguese Sport and Youth Institute (IPDJ) facilities in Lisbon, Parque das Nações, is a place with its own characteristics, for the development of activities in non-formal education field, information to youth and international cooperation. It is an educational laboratory for the development of quality standards for youth work and a focal point for youth policy development in innovation, in which young people have high-level educational support, physical spaces to streamline their projects and accommodation facilities. It is also a privileged place where young people can get all the information about the other Council of Europe (CoE) sectors, as well as other European information platforms.
The CJL was awarded with the CoE Quality Label on November 2014 in Strasbourg, after being confirmed the demanding eligibility criteria’s, defined by the CoE, and based on the framework negotiations held over for ten months. It is the recognition of the CoE for the effort provided by the Portuguese Sport and Youth Institute in the development of youth policies as well for the work done for and with young people in Lisbon and Tagus Valley Regional Directorate.
Portugal applied for the CoE Quality Label in early 2013, and is the fifth country to be recognized with a centre as an example and an instrument of good youth policy practices in Europe, being the only country distinguished in southern Europe and in Iberian Peninsula.
The European Youth Centres Quality Label is a CDEJ - European Steering Committee on Youth project, in CoE youth sector, which began in 2008. The CoE, in a co-management system framework, manages directly two European Youth Centres, one in Strasbourg, opened in 1972 and another in Budapest, opened in 1995. Since the beginning of this project were awarded Quality Labels to Adrasan, Turkey, Brecize, Slovenia, Kokola, Finland and Sremski Karlovci, Serbia.
The CJL received on July 1st, 2015, the CoE Quality Label for the 2015-2017 period, pledging on an educational promotion principle and approach, working on the next years with the perspective of being an open door to young people, to Europe, to the world and to those who work for and with young people.